A motorist has been left furious after being fined £25 for putting an ‘O’ instead of a ‘0’ when entering his car registration.
Scott Wood, 29, had paid £2.50 for a parking ticket via text message during his two-hour stay in Goole town centre, in East Yorkshire.
But upon returning to his car in Wesley Square, he found a £25 fine slapped to his windscreen.
The father-of-three then learned that he had been issued the fine because he had texted an ‘O’ in the registration where it should have been the number ‘0’.
‘It’s just so ridiculous,’ said Mr Wood, who works as a sales representative.
‘The best part of the situation is that the traffic warden who told me to text the number to order the ticket, saw me get out of my car and walk to the machine.
‘He then told me to text the number, but when I spoke to him after he had issued the ticket – he told me nothing had come through to his machine telling him I had paid.
‘He then told me to appeal it.’
Mr Wood did appeal the fine, issued on July 27 this year, but was told by East Riding of Yorkshire council that he had breached parking codes by not submitting the correct information.
A letter to Mr Wood from the council read: ‘From the information you have submitted there are no compelling/equitable grounds to exercise my power of discretion to cancel this PCN at this time.
‘The reason for this is, from reviewing your evidence, the VRM you had entered on MiPermit was M*0 (with a zero) and not M*O.’
Mr Wood remains unhappy with the council’s verdict, and will be appealing the fine again.
But if the married father doesn’t pay the £25 within 28 days it will double to £50 instead.
‘It is just well and truly unbelievable – I can’t believe that they would be so petty,’ Mr Wood said.
‘They obviously know it is a mistake that is why they have put ‘with a zero’ in the box.’
He went on to add: ‘It should be overturned.’